Speech by Home Affairs Minister on Phase 4 milestone achievement in the mass national ID registration campaign on 18th October 2017

Minister of Home Affairs Hon. Grace Chiumia (C) delivering her speech at the press conference in Mangochi while British High Commissioner, Holy Tett (R) looks on. Photo Credit: UNDP
Minister of Home Affairs Hon. Grace Chiumia (C) delivering her speech at the press conference in Mangochi while British High Commissioner, Holy Tett (R) looks on. Photo Credit: UNDP

SPEECH BY THE MINISTER OF HOME AFFAIRS AND INTERNAL SECURITY HONOURABLE GRACE CHIUMIA, MP, DURING A PRESS CONFERENCE ON PHASE 4 MILESTONE ACHIEVEMENT AT SUNBIRD NKOPOLA LODGE, MANGOCHI ON  18TH OCTOBER 2017

I am pleased this morning to preside over this joint press conference to officially announce the statistics for phase 4 of the national ID mass registration campaign.

High Commissioner Tett, The NRIS Chief Technical Advisor, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am delighted to inform you that in Phase 4, just as in phase 1, 2 and 3, the NRB has achieved nearly full registration coverage among the eligible population. So far, registration coverage is at 97.1 % in phase 4.

High Commissioner Tett, NRIS Chief Technical Advisor, Ladies and Gentlemen,

You may recall that in Phase 1, we reached 97.2 % and in Phase 2, the teams reached almost a 100% while phase 3 had coverage of 99.1% of registration of the projected number of people who are entitled to a National ID.

In terms of figures, in Phase 4, the estimated number of registrants was One million Seven hundred Forty Seven Thousand Two Hundred and thirteen (1,747,213). A total of One Million Six Hundred and Ninety – Six Thousand Seven Hundred and Thirty (1,696,730) people were registered.

High Commissioner, Tett, NRIS Chief Technical Advisor, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I will now read out to you the coverage for mass registration so far achieved in each of the 5 districts of the phase 4:

District Number Projected Number Registered Percentage
Mangochi 537,244 521,381 97.0
Balaka 224,014 220,108  98,0
Machinga 325,685 328,281  100.8
Zomba 444,296 393,768  88.0
Phalombe  215,975 223,192  102.0

Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

You may wish to note that mass registration for national ID is almost completed in phase 5 districts of Mzimba, Chitipa, Rumphi, Karonga and Nkhatabay. As we speak most registration centres in Mzimba and Chitipa have reached their targets and have closed. This means that the mass registration Campaign for a National ID will soon be finalized. I trust we are all delighted to note about this development.

High Commissioner Tett, NRIS Chief Technical Advisor, Ladies and gentlemen, it is important to mention that we would never have come this far without the hard work, dedication and commitment of the NRB and NRIS Project staff, Registration Officers, Registration Supervisors in the field and Technicians who travelled down the same roads to repair registration equipment. They have done a great job towards the implementation of this project and are continuing to do so in the remaining phase 5 districts of Karonga, Rumphi and Nkhatabay. Each one’s contribution is greatly appreciated and will be remembered.

High Commissioner Tett, NRIS Chief Technical Advisor, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I will fail in my duties if at this juncture I do not commend the State President, His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Muntharika, for his continued calls for Malawians to register during this mass exercise. At almost every opportunity, he has made these calls and I would like to sincerely thank him for his unwavering support towards implementation of the NRIS project.

Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, I would also like to inform the nation of Malawi that the National IDs for phase 1 arrived in the country on Friday, 13 October 2017. Distribution of the cards in the phase 1 districts will commence in a few days time. These are the districts of Mchinji, Kasungu, Ntchisi, Dowa, Salima and Nkhotakota

Ladies and gentlemen, again, on behalf of Malawi Government, I would like to thank all Development Partners in the National Registration and Identification System project for both their technical and financial support which has helped us to get to the point where we can clearly see the successful completion of the Mass Registration Campaign.

The development partners are as follows:

  • The Department for International Development of the United Kingdom (DFID),
  • The European Union,
  • The Government of Ireland,
  • The Government of Norway,
  • The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the UNDP

Ladies and gentlemen,

As Government of Malawi, we will ensure that no one is left behind in this campaign, so that every citizen of this country has their legal identity in accordance with the UN Sustainable Development Goal Target 16.9.

Finally, on behalf of the Government of Malawi, I would like to say that we are very pleased at the pace at which the mass registration exercise is going on. It is much faster than was anticipated. I would like to thank all players in this exercise and I look forward to the release of the final count of figures very soon, preferably before Christmas.

Thank you very much for your attention and may God bless the Malawi nation.